Thursday, January 24, 2008

Red, I think!

I am really happy that you ladies created this self-paced learning op for us. I really like to stay up with what is out there for personal as well as professional reasons but it is just too difficult for me to do it on my own. I know I won't use all of these but I can always go back and use them in depth if/when the time calls for it. I enjoyed Animoto and YouTube and feel that Zoho Writer could be of benefit down the line. I am very happy to have learned about wikis because I feel that this could definitely have a place in our library toolbox in the near future. I'm happy to know about because I work at more than one computer and I was just working with a class this morning that needed a social bookmarking site. I am so glad you introduced us to online image generators - I need things like this all the time. One last thing I want to try in greater depth is flickr - probably more for personal use than professional.

I would definitely participate if you offered another discovery program like this. But give me time to digest this first. One way it might be a little better is to do it in smaller bites or sets. Then we could do a couple throughout the year. It did take up a lot of personal time.

And in case you couldn't tell by the title, I want a red nano!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thing #23

Well, I have to say that it really felt good just now to type that title - Thing #23. Creative Commons was a new concept to me. The videos I watched really helped me to understand exactly what the idea behind it is. And what a wonderful concept - collaborating, sharing, people working together. I have to say that copyright questions have often confused me and I have always dreaded them. As a librarian I can use CC in the future to "borrow" great ideas saving me from having to reinvent the wheel and from spending the time it often takes to get permission to use something. If you link to this site you will see Flickr and Creative Commons coming together. How nice to know about this.

Thing #22

I really liked playing with Animoto. It is very, very user friendly. I took ten pictures from my grandson's birth in April and made a 30-second short from that. I was very disappointed to learn that it would not let me use my iTunes music. I wish they would allow you to make a longer video - it's hardly worth the effort. It you pay for a full-lenght video, does it make the music match the length of the video? Also, I didn't like the music choices I had. All-in-all though it was an easy experience. I have played around with PhotoStory 3 a little bit and this was a little disappointing after using that. But, if I need to make a full-lenght video, at least I have been made aware of this. Below is my video.

Thing #21

I listened to the Learning 2.0 podcast and enjoyed it. I thought the podgrunt broadcast on YouTube was also good. I looked around in Educational Podcast Directory and found some library-related podcasts on things like creating a 2.0 library. I am sure they were interesting but many of them were very long and I didn't have time to listen. Some were from SirsiDynix and could be quite informational. was not as user friendly but still pretty easy to use. On I found some podcasts on learning Spanish and that is something that sounds interesting to me. I added Rolling R's to my Google Reader account. Wow! In Yahoo Podcasts I typed in young adult booktalk in the search box and under Booktalks Quick and Simple I found a treasure trove of booktalks. I listened to the one on ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES by Sonya Sones. It was quick and it was simple and very well done. This could be something great for the library. I enjoyed looking through these various podcast directories and am sure I would be overwhelmed by all the useful podcasts that are actually out there.

Thing #20

The first thing I did after creating an account with YouTube was to search for videos on booktalks. I thought this would be an interesting way to use YouTube. The first one I chose was on Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything . I thought it was cute and interesting and wanted to add it to my blog but the embedding had been disabled by request. Hopefully my link will take you to it. Karen and I have talked about using YouTube for library orientation. You might also use it to give other forms of instuction. I like YouTube because you can use it for informational purposes or if you just need a good laugh. Below you will find a booktalk that I found on the book AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thing #19

I began Thing 19 by setting up an account with Gliffy. While I waited for my confirmation email I tried setting up an account with mindmeister. It just took me to a funny page and stayed there so I thought I would just move on to I got on and watched the demo and it looked easy enough. I signed up and waited for my beta invite. I have now been waiting about 15 minutes for responses from the very first account I signed up for. I finally went to and began working on a mind map. It was very simple. I readily set up and account and created a mind map of the JHHS Library Features. I invited a collegue to collaborate with me and if she sets up an account we can collaborate in real time. I like that idea. It has been about an hour and I still have no confirmations or invitations from the other accounts. Once those arrive I will try one of flowcharts and blog about my experience.

Well, I tried one more time to get into Gliffy and it did let me make a flowchart which was very user friendly. I made a flowchart concerning our library assistants for the first semester - what they did well and how they need to improve. If it will ever let me confirm my email I will try to use this as a brainstorming/collaborative tool with Karen.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Thing #18

I chose PeerTrainer in the Health category because I am always interested in reading about the latest regarding health or regarding weightloss and fitness. It claimed to be a "powerful system"for Weight Loss and Fitness Support. It "Helps You Be Accountable to Yourself, and Supported By Others In Small, Online Groups and Teams."

What did you like or dislike about the tool? This site, was sooooo easy to use! They only allow 4 people to be in your group and you can open it to anyone or make it a private group. I like that!

What were the site’s useful features? You can log everything you eat, set goals, log your workouts, read articles to assist you in your journey, journal, read what other people have to say, chat, join a team, etc. The bad thing, on a page or two there are Google Ads promising you can lose 18 pounds in 4 days with a special diet you can buy for $27 or you can lose 15 pounds in a month by purchasing a hoodia complex. But these were very small ads and were not on every page. Saavy users will know what to do with these.

Could you see any applications for its use in a library setting?
This site was for a more personal usage so, no, there would not be a library setting for this site.